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“Wang Xiao Bo: My Humanistic Philosophy”
An exhibition of contemporary artist Wang Xiao Bo’s work, staged by the Art Futures Group, examined the very meaning of existence.

 

Sing Pao Daily, Page B8?
Date: 30 Mar, 2019

Wen Wei Po, Page A22
Date: 5 Apr, 2019

Hong Kong Economic Journal?, Page C8
Date: 12 Mar, 2019

Prestige, Page 57
Date: May, 2019

Squarefoot
Date: 26 Feb, 2019
Source: https://www.squarefoot.com.hk/chinese-hk/home-blog/article/4965/getting-into-art

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Orange News
Date: 08 Mar, 2019
Source: http://www.orangenews.hk/culture/system/2019/03/08/010111750.shtml

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Lifestyle Journal
Date: 22 Mar, 2019
Source: https://lj.hkej.com/lj2017/artculture/article/id/2088930/

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Myblogs.asia
Date: 2 Apr, 2019
Source: https://myblogs.asia/talk/17233

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Wen Wi Po
Date: 5 Apr, 2019
Source: http://paper.wenweipo.com/2019/04/05/RW1904050001.htm

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The Culturist
Date: 13 Apr, 2019
Source: https://theculturist.hk/2019/%E4%B8%80%E5%89%8E%E3%80%8C%E8%A7%B8%E3%80%8D%E5%8B%95/%E7%8E%8B%E6%9B%89%E5%8B%83-%E8%97%89%E8%91%97%E4%BA%BA%E7%89%A9%E5%89%96%E6%9E%90%E4%BA%BA%E6%80%A7-%E3%80%90%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E8%80%85%E2%80%A7%E7%8F%BE%E5%A0%B4%E3%80%91/

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Facebook – Pluton Magazine
Date: 05 Mar, 2019
Source: https://www.facebook.com/notes/pluton-magazine/pluton-news-bulletin-hong-kong-art-futures-group-x-art-futures-gallery-chinese-c/977212879136608/

Heading: Art Futures Group X Art Futures Gallery Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition 2019 ?? “Wang Xiao Bo: My Humanistic Philosophy” Works Exhibition

(Hong Kong) ?? One of the world’s leading Chinese Contemporary Art investment brokers, Art Futures Group (AFG) has been actively engaging in the promotion of Chinese Contemporary Art to the global audience. Following last year’s solo exhibition of Pan De Hai, AFG joins Art Futures Gallery to present ‘Wang Xiao Bo: My Humanistic Philosophy’ Works Exhibition under the banner of ‘Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition 2019’ between 26 March and 14 April on 1/F, Water Zone at ELEMENTS, featuring 10 hyperrealist works from the contemporary Chinese artist.

Wang is one of the most celebrated post 70’s Chinese artists in the international market, whose principal subject is the human. He is best known for the Inverted Woman and Two Person’s World series. Two years after his latest creation, Wang will be back with two of his new series, namely Searching for Light and Sinking & Floating, offering collectors and art lovers a sneak peek at Wang Xiao Bo’s world of humanistic philosophy.

Fascinated in detail and humanity, Wang has dedicated much of his works to reflecting on human psyche through figurative representation of his subjects, only as a substitute for the lack of a solid grip on composition and self-confidence, he says. After two years of continuous and profound contemplation on humanistic philosophy, gauging deep into the relationship between his own life and society, Wang emerges from the shadow of his former realistic traits to transform into an artist at ease with his own stylistic language. The Searching for Light and Sinking & Floating series, therefore, represent Wang’s more engaging and deeply thoughtful exploration of human nature.

The Searching for Light series is Wang Xiao Bo’s reflection on childhood from the lens of a father who sees his younger self in his own children. From the perspective of his subject, a curious little boy searching for light, Wang illustrates the younger generation’s genuine aspirations for truth and the future. The Sinking & Floating series, one the other hand, is Wang’s retrospect to the first half of his life using a fat woman as a humorous metaphor for social expectations to suggest a tongue-in-cheek narrative of the vicissitude of life.

Born in 1974 in Beijing, Wang Xiao Bo obtained his success from the lineage of none other than Jin Shang Yi, Zhu Nai Zheng and Yang Fei Yun, all of them leading figures in Chinese oil painting. Wang graduated from the Oil Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. His critically acclaimed works have been shown globally in venues including the ‘15th Biennale of Sydney’ in 2005, the ‘Art Hamptons’ in New York and ‘LA Art Show’ in Los Angeles (2013-15), ‘NordArt 2016’ in Hamburg, and ‘Art Stage Singapore 2016’, etc. In 2012, Wang’s masterpiece Inverted Woman was sold for personal record price of RMB 3.22 million (app. HK$4.025 million) at China Guardian Auctions. Over five of his works went under the hammer were sold for more than a million RMB.

Jeremy Kasler, CEO of AFG, sings the praises of Wang’s approach to his life and artistic creation that seamlessly blends work and family, as well as art and philosophy. Looking forward to the exhibition, Kasler says, ‘Wang’s artistic perspective and thoughtful exploration of humanistic philosophy has won admiration from collectors. I believe that his latest series will again create sensation in the market. I look forward to the fruitful results of our collaboration.’

 

Facebook – The Culturist
Date: 12 Apr, 2019
Source: https://www.facebook.com/theculturist.hk/posts/824765171216900

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Landmark
Date: 27 Mar, 2019
Source (EN): https://www.landmark.hk/en/inspiration/landmark-edits/insight/mar2019_up_your_art_game
Source (CN): https://www.landmark.hk/tc/inspiration/landmark-edits/insight/mar2019_up_your_art_game

Headline: Up Your Art Game

Elevate your art collection with insights from Jeremy Kasler, one of Hong Kong’s foremost art brokers.

Art has long been a symbol of our collective culture, humanity and creativity. It’s also one of the most opaque industries in the world to navigate due to closed-door purchases and a labyrinth of professional networks spanning auction houses, fairs and galleries. For those who aspire to collect art as investment, gaining million-dollar returns without some expert guidance is an unlikely prospective.

That’s where Jeremy Kasler, CEO of Art Futures Group comes in. The Hong Kong-based investment broker focuses on helping customers build a portfolio of Chinese contemporary art. We caught up with Kasler to learn how to start or build a lucrative art collection:

Trust the Data

Jeremy Kasler: “Perhaps the biggest misconceptions about investing in art is that you have to be mega wealthy to do it. That was probably the case 15 or 20 years ago, but if you’re passionate about it and prepared to dedicate yourself to it by visiting galleries and relying on trustworthy companies, you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to start your very own art portfolio. Passion is a more important currency than money itself.”

“Getting into investing can be daunting at first. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find tons of discussion or websites relating to art investment but very few companies that can provide practical advice. But not all offer actual practical advice – and that’s’ exactly what you need. Do your research and find platforms that can truly assist you in understanding what you’re buying, and give you firm reasons as to why a certain artwork is a good investment and provides data to prove it. Be wary of anyone saying ‘this is a good investment’ without really explaining why.”

Analyse the Art

JK: “It’s easy to fall in love with an artwork – that should certainly be one of the main drives when you’re looking to invest – but what’s also important is to look at the facts. How has previous activity in the auction market been for the artist you’re thinking of buying? Has he or she had a steady growth over the years? What are his or her credentials?”

“Once you decide to invest, the first thing you should do is look at the provenance of the artwork. You have to be able to have a track record of its history, as that’s one essential way to secure it will grow in value in the years to come.”

Do Your Homework

“Hong Kong has become such an international art hub. We have world-class galleries that are completely free to visit, major art fairs, and a strong art community. Invest the time to explore them, and make the most of it.”

Find Your Niche

JK: “Art is such a wide sector, so I would suggest thinking about which subset you would mostly enjoy collecting when you’re ready to start your portfolio. It could be Chinese contemporary art, photography, sculpture… Focus on what speaks to you. Also, always choose an original artwork over a print. I would say that if you’re ready to invest, you should buy the best you can afford. [An] original artwork is most certainly the best option.”

“If you’re into contemporary Chinese art, you might like emerging artists such as Wang Xiaobo, who has dedicated much of his works to reflecting on human psyche through figurative representation of his subjects, and Xia Hang, who creates dynamic sculptures inspired by the toys and cartoons of his childhood, including the Transformers franchise.”

Storage Matters

JK: “One main question you should ask yourself is: ‘How am I going to store the art’? In Hong Kong especially, where flats can be on the smaller side, you have to think about what you’re buying and where you’ll put it. If it’s in your apartment, make sure the conditions are right. Ideally, though, a storage facility would be best. Or consider leasing it. Don’t underestimate logistics.”

And finally…

“Trust your instincts. Art is not a science – there’s no right or wrong. Consider all the conditions, and if they fall into place, go for it.”

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